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Good moral character requirements for naturalization

On Behalf of | Jul 15, 2021 | Blog, Immigration

Immigrants in Mississippi can become U.S. citizens through the process of naturalization by meeting several conditions. One of those requirements is showing proof of good moral character for the time you have been inhabiting the country. Take a look at the factors that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will appraise when evaluating good moral character for naturalization.

What is good moral character according to USCIS?

For you to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization, the immigration departments of the government must first confirm that you have an ideal state of values and beliefs that are beneficial to the community. One way of doing this is to check if you have committed any crimes for the time you have been in the United States, usually during the past five years.

How to prove good moral character

You will need a clearance letter, also known as police clearance letter, for all the locations you have lived in for the past five years. On top of that, you should also obtain a Federal Bureau of Investigation background check.

What happens if you have previous convictions?

Minor crimes will certainly come under scrutiny while you’re attempting to obtain citizenship through naturalization, but the government may weigh the negative against the positives when considering your citizenship. Positive behaviors that could help you include recognition awards, community participation, charitable contributions, volunteer records, and formal witness testimonies and declarations from people in your community. You may need the guidance of a citizenship lawyer to help with your case.

On the other hand, violent felony crimes usually lead to automatic rejection. Such crimes include serious forms of theft like fraud and burglary, aggravated battery and assault, and the sale of weapons or drugs.

Becoming a citizen through the process of naturalization might be complex, lengthy and tedious. It may help if you work with an attorney to guide you through the complicated legal requirements.

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